Training: Digitisation of field data for sub-national biophysical forest indicators in Nepal

Date 15 Jun 2023 to 22 Jun 2023
Venue FRTC, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact Persons Sajana Maharjan
Type Training
Programmes SERVIR-HKH

Digitisation of field data

About the workshop

ICIMOD is organising a week-long training on the digitisation of field data.

The Government of Nepal (GoN) has committed to maintaining 45 percent of Nepal’s forest cover in its most recent Nationally Determined Contribution communicated under the Paris Agreement. The Forest Act 2019 and Forest Regulation 2022 aim to increase the contribution of forests towards national incomes, while at the same time maintaining forest cover, in line with Green, Resilient, Inclusive Development (GRID) principles. In this context, the World Bank is supporting the GoN in its efforts toward a major transformation of the forest sector through multiple interventions in Nepal.

Understanding forest condition at sub-national levels is important for informing forest management plans, forest resource revenue-sharing, and forest projects financed by the World Bank. Currently available biophysical indicators on forests (e.g., forest cover, forest condition, etc.) are at the national level and cannot be used to produce reliable estimates of forest cover at the provincial and municipal levels due to unquantifiable measurement errors introduced while disaggregating the data into subnational level. The Forest Research and Training Centre (FRTC) under the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) has identified the need for sub-national forest statistics to support provincial and municipal governments to develop sustainable forest management plans. The GoN has therefore requested for World Bank’s support in building a sustainable land cover monitoring system at the sub-national level that addresses the issue and produces reliable data with key forest types on annual basis at the municipality level.


The training aims to provide participants better learning of digitisation of field data, which will be used in mapping of biophysical indicators at the sub-national level in Nepal.

Expected outcomes

Upon completion of the training, participants will have a better understanding on the digitisation of field data.

Expected participants

The course will bring together young professionals from FRTC, Nepal with adequate technical background on land cover mapping, remote sensing and GIS, and data collection skills.

Resource persons

  • Bimal Acharya, Under-Secretary, FRTC
  • Bikram Shakya, Geospatial Application Development Analyst, ICIMOD
  • Sudip Pradhan, Geospatial Application Development Specialist, ICIMOD
  • Sajana Maharjan, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst, ICIMOD

Tentative agenda

  • Day 1
    Time Programme
    09:15–09:30 Registration
    09:30–10:30 Opening session (S1) – Facilitated by FRTC
      Training overview and introduction of participants – Bimal Acharya, FRTC

    Objectives and agenda – Bimal Acharya, FRTC

    Welcome remarks – Yam Pokharel, Director General, FRTC

    Group photo

    10:30–11:00 Tea break
    11:00–12:30 Morning session (S2) – Facilitated by Bikram Shakya, ICIMOD
    Demonstration on template designed for data digitisation
    12:30–13:30 Lunch break
    13:30–17:00 Hands-on exercises – Bimal Acharya, FRTC and Sudip Pradhan, ICIMOD
  • Day 2–6
    Time Programme
    09:15–12:30 Hands-on exercises – Bimal Acharya, FRTC, Sajana Maharjan, ICIMOD,
    12:30–13:30 Lunch break
    13:30–17:00 Hands-on exercises – Bimal Acharya, FRTC
  • Day 7
    Time Programme
    09:15–11:00 Data quality assessment – Bimal Acharya, FRTC
    12:30–13:30 Lunch break
    13:30–14:30 Closing session
      Reflection from participants – Bimal Acharya, FRTC

    Certificate distribution and closing remarks – Yam Pokharel, FRTC and Birendra Bajracharya, Chief of Party – SERVIR-HKH, ICIMOD